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Police and prison guards are fighting marijuana legalization

Two groups in California are fighting against the pending legalization of recreational marijuana use, and their opposition to the law is hardly surprising. Police and prison guard groups in the state have raised nearly half of all of the money being used to oppose the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which will be put before voters in November.

A major reason for law enforcement opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana use is that law enforcement agencies derive a substantial portion of their funding from the drug war. Agencies receive money through asset seizures and government grants, and drug arrests help to fill prison cells. This means that prisons and police agencies both rely on drugs being illegal to meet their bottom lines.

According to reports, 60 percent of Californians currently are supportive of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state. The bill has numerous wealthy backers that are preparing to throw their weight and money behind the effort to legalize it over the summer. Experts believe the number of Californians supporting the bill will likely increase between now and November, making the bill likely to pass.

People who are currently facing possession of marijuana charges may want to talk to criminal defense attorneys rather than just accepting plea agreements. A lawyer may be able to convince the prosecutor to dismiss the charges against his or her client in some cases. He or she may also be able to postpone the case until after the vote in November. In some cases, a lawyer may be able to challenge the stop and search of his or her client through filing an evidentiary motion challenging the constitutionality of how they were performed. If such a motion is successful at a hearing, the evidence may be suppressed, forcing the dismissal of the case.

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